Maryland State Boychoir
FRANK CIMINO initiated his long involvement with the boychoir tradition as a youngster, when he became a charter member of Baltimore's Cathedral Choir of Men and Boys. Having begun his formal musical training at the age of 7, his interest in organ and choir literature led to more advanced lessons, and by 14, he was offered his first position as a church organist. After studying with Robert Twynham, Arthur Rhea, and Arthur Howells, Mr. Cimino went on to earn a Bachelor of Music degree from The Peabody Conservatory.
Recognized nationally for his expertise in organizing and training boychoirs, Mr. Cimino serves as the Eastern Division Chair of the Repertoire and Standards Committee of Boychoirs for the American Choral Directors' Association. To his own choristers, "Mr. Frank" is a leader, teacher, mentor, and the guiding force behind concerts, tours, choir camps, and the occasional pizza party.
Frank has served in the music ministries of various churches in Baltimore, and since 1989 holds the position of Minister of Music at The Cathedral Church of Saint Matthew. He is also Artistic Director of The Music Forum, a series of monthly musical events highlighting some of the country's most outstanding talent. In addition, he directs a private studio for the formal instruction of piano and organ.
Under Frank's direction, the Maryland State Boychoir has grown from 14 choristers at its beginning in 1987 to 80 in the 1999 - 2000 season. Frank expects to reach his goal of 100 choristers by the 2000 - 2001 season.
"From all appearances, the boys in the Maryland State Boychoir are normal kids... reflecting the typical image of other children in their age group. But put them together, and it's like watching a caterpillar turn into a butterfly. Boys who show up to practice dressed in all kinds of t-shirts, shorts and baggy jeans, sneakers (or sometimes barefoot!)... turning notes and words from the printed page into a spiritual experience for the listener. It surely goes against society's concept of children and the arts."
This page was last modified on 01 September 2004.